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EASA is a professional association open to all social anthropologists either qualified in, or else working in, Europe. It is a society of scholarship, founded on January 14th, 1989 at the "Inaugural General Assembly" in Castelgandolfo/Italy of twenty-one founder members from thirteen European countries and one from the US, supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. This meeting drafted the Constitution and elected the Association's first Executive Committee (1989-90), chaired by Prof. Adam Kuper, Brunel University.

The Association seeks to advance anthropology in Europe by organizing biennial conferences, by editing its academic journal Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale, its Newsletter and the two publication series. The Association further encourages and supports thematic networks.

EASA is a self-governing democratic body. No member may be elected to office more than twice in succession; the only exception are up to two members co-opted by the elected Executive so as to ensure the continuity of EASA's administrative and publishing functions. The composition of the successive Executive Committees shows the pan-European character of EASA.

Executive Committee 2015 and 2016

University of Oslo, President
Thomas Hylland Eriksen is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo and PI of the ERC Advanced Grant project ‘Overheating: The Three Crises of Globalisation’ (2012–2017). He is the author of many books including the widely used and translated ‘Small places, large issues’, ‘Ethnicity and Nationalism’, and ‘Globalization: The Key Concepts’. His research has largely been focused on the politics of culture and identity, globalisation and the history of anthropology. Fieldwork in Mauritius, Trinidad, Norway and Australia. His current research project ‘Overheating’ is a comparative endeavour aiming to develop an understanding of local responses to accelerated change in the realms of economy/finance, climate/environment, and culture/identity. He is an active public anthropologist and has a strong interest in the teaching of anthropology, not only at university departments, but also to diverse audiences.

His latest book is ‘Fredrik Barth: An intellectual biography’.

University of Lower Silesia and Czech Academy of Sciences, Vice-president
Hana Cervinkova is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Education at the University of Lower Silesia in Wroclaw, Poland and Senior Researcher at the Institute of Ethnology of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague. She holds Ph.D. in Anthropology from New School for Social Research (2004). Her research is located in the political anthropology of Central Europe and educational and urban anthropology. She lives and works in Poland and in the Czech Republic.

Universiteit van Amsterdam
I am Professor of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam, a position I have occupied since 2005, having previously taught at institutions in the US, Europe, Japan, and New Zealand. My work has broached a wide variety of topics, such as, at present, gender and sexuality, mobility, language and interaction and economic relations in times of crisis. I am currently directing an ERC Advanced Grant project entitled "Globalisation, Sport and the Precarity of Masculinity" (2012–17). My most recent books and journal special issues are Gossip and the Everyday Production of Politics (Hawai'i, 2009); On the Edge of the Global: Modern Anxieties in a Pacific Island Nation (Stanford, 2011); Gender on the Edge: Transgender, Gay, and Other Pacific Islanders (co-edited, Hawai’i, 2014); and Crisis, Value, and Hope: Rethinking the Economy (co-edited, Current Anthropology, 2015). I am the incoming editor-in-chief of American Ethnologist.

Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Secretary
I am an Associate Professor in Social Anthropology in the Department of the History of Science at the Spanish National Research Council in Madrid. My work looks at the intersections between the history of science and anthropological knowledge, what may be more amply called ‘epistemic cultures’. As a science scholar, I am interested in the development of open-source urban hardware projects by architects, artists and engineers. I study how such ‘prototyping cultures’ materially shape and take residence in the city and the public sphere at large. As an anthropologist, I am interested in the broader affordances that the epistemics of prototyping may have as a comparative analytic: to re-imagine anthropology through the paradigm and language of prototypes rather than those of models, representations, systems or symbols.

A recent book, "An anthropological trompe l’oeil for a common world" (Berghahn, 2013) explores some of these issues by placing description at perpendicular angles vis-a-vis emerging forms of ‘global public knowledge’. I have also edited the books "Culture and well-being: anthropological approaches to freedom and political ethics" (Pluto, 2008) and "The anthropology of organisations" (Ashgate, 2007), as well as a special issue on "Prototyping cultures" for the Journal of Cultural Economy (2014).

University of Antwerp
Prof. Paolo Favero is Associate Professor in Film Studies and Visual Culture at the Department of Communication Studies, University of Antwerp where he is also a member of the Visual Studies and Media Culture research group. In last nine years Prof. Favero has taught in the Universities of Stockholm, Foggia, London and Lisbon, extensively published among others in such respectful journals such as Cultural Anthropology, Journal of Material Culture, and Anthropological Quarterly and in all that has substantially contributed to the study of visual culture, globalization, cultural identity, hybridity and popular culture.

University of Bristol, Treasurer
Rachael’s PhD (1999, Edinburgh) and MA (1991, St Andrews) were both in Social Anthropology. She is Networks Officer of the Association of the Social Anthropologists, a member of Council of the Royal Anthropological Institute and is Treasurer of the European Association of Social Anthropologists. Rachael is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is external examiner for Durham University's MSc in Medical Anthropology.

Tallinn University, Journal Co-Editor
I am the co-spokesperson for TLÜ Press's Bibliotheca Anthropologica book series and serve on SIEF's publishing committee. I am also involved with the editorial boards of the academic weblog Material World, the Journal of Co-operative Studies, Home Cultures and Studies in Material Thinking. Former positions include the School of Visual & Material Culture, Massey University, New Zealand where I was Director of Postgraduate Studies as well as University College London, as a Research Fellow in both the Department of Anthropology and the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies. In early 2012, I took up a short term Visiting Scholars Fellowship at the Yale Centre for British Art in New Haven to study the diasporic Cornish art objects in their collection.

Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Marseille, Networks liaison
I am Associate Professor at the EHESS and member of the Research Centre Norbert Elias. I co-direct the doctoral education in Social Sciences (EHESS-Marseille) and the "Comparative research in anthropology, history and sociology" Master. Since 2009, I am elected to the administration council of the EHESS and to the council of my research center. I obtained my PhD in Social Anthropology at the University "La Sapienza" (Rome, Italy) in 1996 and in 2002-03 I was laureate of "Fyssen Foundation". Between 1996 and 2007, I taught social anthropology and economic anthropology at the University of Rome and at the University of Aix-Marseille. Actually, my teaching activities and research focus on “anthropology of economic spaces”. My research subjects include economic anthropology, the politics of nature, industrial work and districts, food activism and the relationship between food, social movements and politics. I have done extensive research in the North and in the South of Italy, in the French Alps and inside the Slow Food movement. I am member of different research projects and I coordinate an interdisciplinary project on food production and consumption and short chains of distribution. My publications include Antropologia culturale. Un’introduzione (2001, 2009, 2012 Roma, Carocci) and the edited volumes Frammenti di economie. Ricerche di antropologia economica in Italia (Cosenza, 2002) and Food Activism. Agency, Democracy and Economy (2014, London, Bloomsbury, with Carole Counihan). I am working on a new book on the Slow Food Movement.

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2015 Executive committee 2015 From left to right, front row: Rachael Gooberman-Hill, Hana Cervinkova, Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Niko Besnier, Valeria Sinascalchi. Back row: Patrick Laviolette, Alberto Corsin Jimenez, Paolo Favero.
Hylland Screenshot In June, the Executive met in an online meeting, to plan upcoming work (including the AGM) while keeping meeting costs and carbon footprint down.

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AGM minutes
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